Disclaimer: I have received these headphones for free in “we love testing” program but that will not hold me from giving my honest comments. Anker needs to listen to critical reviews.
I received the Soundcore LIfe Q20 today morning and have been using them all day today.
Bad news first… I do not like them for the sound and I do not like that no hard case is included
Comfort wise they are top notch
It is logical for me to compare it with other Soundcore headphones that I have (Vortex, Space NC and Life 2) but lets see the unboxing first…
Box is typical Anker (blue/white). Inside there are the actual headphones, a microusb charging cable, an audio cable, user manual, happy/not happy card AND a TRAVEL POUCH
Headphones Fit and Feel: It fits very well. No issues there… Very comfortable.
Sound Quality and Noise Cancellation:
This is where I’m not sold out…I cannot tell any difference between these and Life 2/Space NC. I would put Space NC, Life 2 and Life Q20 as having very similar sound signature. Vortex is a different beast…
Don’t get me wrong. All these headphones produce excellent quality sound and you will be happy with either. Vortex is the only one that has aptX codec and that does make a difference.
Vortex is the least comfortable of these 4 but has the best sound
Noise cancellation is just OK. Nothing spectacular. Soundcore has a long long way to go before these can be truly a Bose or Sony competition. For the price these are excellent!!!
One area of improvement is that now the press of NC/Bass Up button is announced by headphone assistant and I like that.
Bass Up is something that I personally don’t like very much. Vortex even with no Bass Up beats sound quality of Life 2 and Life Q20.
Soft Case (Pouch): I don’t get it? this is a step back from earlier offerings. Vortex, Space NC and Life 2 all had great quality hard cases. What happened this time around? Soft case is like no case
Accessories: Micro usb charging cable is standard Anker offering. Audio cable is 3.5mm to 3.5mm (90 degree bent on one end). About 4’ long but this time it lacks in-line remote/microphone.
Overall, this is a very good quality headphone (very comfortable) with some cool and exciting features. If you don’t already own a Soundcore headphone then this is a great buy but if you already have Space NC or Life 2 then there is no point getting this.
Below is comparison between Space NC, Vortex and Q20 (Life 2 is almost same as Q20).